Louisiana State Police say they found a huge haul of pot in the back of a car on I-12.
"Colonel Mike Edmonson is pleased to announce the discovery of approximately 300 lbs. of suspected marijuana during a proactive interstate traffic stop in Tangipahoa Parish," Sgt. Nick Manale said in a news release. "The significant discovery of the contraband took place shortly after 9:00 am yesterday morning following a traffic stop on Interstate 12 near its junction with Interstate 55."
He says they stopped a 2015 Mazda CX-5 for an alleged traffic violation.
"Upon speaking with the driver, 26 year old Carlos Davis of Greenwood, MS, Troopers became suspicious of Davis’ behavior and subsequently requested a Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office K-9 to respond to the traffic stop after Davis refused consent to search the vehicle. Following a positive alert by the TPSO K-9, Troopers’ search revealed the presence of approximately 300 lbs. of marijuana in the back seat and rear cargo area of the vehicle."
He says the drugs are worth about a quarter of a million dollars.
"Partnerships with our neighboring law enforcement counterparts and proactive efforts by Troopers was exactly the focus of our recent border trip highlighting the security issues affecting Louisiana on a daily basis," said Edmonson. "The successful interception and seizure of the contraband undoubtedly prevented further criminal activity as it would have infiltrated communities both in Mississippi and Louisiana affecting our citizens."